Financial services jobs expand as .Net developers in demand

Recruitment consultants are reporting a short supply in.Net developer skills in both the permanent and temporary sectors, according to a new jobs report.

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Recruitment consultants are reporting a short supply in.Net developer skills in both the permanent and temporary sectors, according to a new jobs report.

The ‘Report on Jobs’ by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for June also found permanent staff with PHP skills were in short supply.

This marks a shift from last month’s jobs report, which highlighted a shortage of security skills.

Across all sectors, the report recorded a growth in permanent staff placements during June, albeit at the slowest rate in five months. Temporary placements also increased at a lower rate than permanent placements. Meanwhile, both permanent and temporary staff saw a marginal increase in their pay last month.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said that the growth in demand for permanent staff was an “encouraging” sign of the jobs market’s stability. But he said that the UK faced a big concern over youth unemployment, and added:

“With the predictions of up to 600,000 job losses in the public sector, it is still too early to tell how much of a knock-on effect this will have on job creation in the private sector.”

Meanwhile, another study has found that the percentage of IT jobs based in London and the South East has increased to 64 percent.

The research, carried out by recruitment agency ReThink Recruitment, found that the number of IT jobs in London and South East had grown from 58 percent in June 2008, despite fears that these regions would suffer the most from the recession because of the high number of IT professionals employed in the troubled financial services sector.

Michael Bennett, Director at ReThink Recruitment, said: “London has a high concentration of financial services firms, which are heavy users of IT skills. Many of them responded to the downturn by cutting their IT departments to the bone. As businesses levels have picked up, many have found themselves understaffed and have had to replace a lot of the skills that were shed during the recession.”

“The financial crisis has also prompted significant investment in compliance and risk management systems in the banking sector. We have seen a substantial increase in demand for candidates skilled in these areas.”
Bennett added that mergers between banks have also driven demand for IT professionals in the regions with the skills to handle M&A integration of banking IT systems, and that banks were also re-starting projects that had been mothballed during the recession.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire and Humberside was the only other UK region to increase its share of the IT jobs market, from 5.3 percent to 6.2 percent.

Sarah Tulip, regional manager at ReThink Recruitment Leeds, explained that this may be due to the region’s focus in recent years on e-commerce and its high-tech infrastructure, which has attracted a number of blue-chip organisations.

“Siemens, for example, has recently chosen to house its corporate headquarters in Yorkshire. In addition, as many large retailers moved parts of their business online, this has also created a surge in demand for staff experienced in developing large transformational IT projects.”

All the other regions have suffered a decline in their IT job market share post-recession. Although the North West created the third highest percentage of jobs last month (6.9 percent), the region still experienced the worst decline, falling 2.3 percent from 9.2 percent in June 2008. It was closely followed by the East Midlands, whose market share declined 1.7 percent from 4.3 percent pre-recession to 2.6 percent last month.

Bennett said that regions’ loss of market share may be due to their greater reliance on the public sector to create IT jobs.

“IT budgets in the public sector have come under huge pressure. Regions outside London and the South East tend to be much more reliant on the public sector and with hiring freezes now implemented this may stifle the creation of IT jobs.”

Northern Ireland continued to create the smallest number of jobs, creating just 0.3 percent of the total number of UK IT jobs in June 2010.

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